Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

Update -SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL To Debut on HBO in April

Update -SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL To Debut on HBO in April

Update – HBO has confirmed that the HBO Entertainment documentary SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL will debut SUNDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and MONDAY, APRIL 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).“START SPREADING THE NEWS….” A big documentary event to honor one of the hippest, hep cats in all of entertainment is is in the plans for HBO this year! Here is the HBO Press Release about the upcoming four-hour event.HBO ENTERTAINMENT DOCUMENTARY SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL, COMMEMORATING THE ICONIC SINGER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY, TO DEBUT ON HBO  ——– Directed By Alex Gibney, Four-Hour Presentation Is A Jigsaw...

HBO Documentary Schedule for Early 2015 and a Look Back at 2014

HBO Documentary Schedule for Early 2015 and a Look Back at 2014

Continuing its commitment to timely and thought-provoking programming, HBO will debut a diverse array of documentaries in coming months, including: THE JINX:  THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST, the highly anticipated Sunday-night series from Oscar nominee Andrew Jarecki; Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s GOING CLEAR:  SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF, a look inside the controversial religion; and Brett Morgen’s KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, the first fully-authorized documentary about the iconic leader of Nirvana. Here is a brief description of the upcoming documentaries placed in chronological order. HBOWatch will be reviewing each...

HBO Documentary Films: HIS WAY

HBO Documentary Films: HIS WAY

Overview: Legendary film producer and personal manager Jerry Weintraub steps out from behind the scenes as he takes his turn in the spotlight with this feature-length documentary. Directed by Oscar nominee Douglas McGrath, produced by Emmy- and Peabody-winning documentary producer Graydon Carter, Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, and executive produced by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh and Audrey Rosenberg. It chronicles the five-decade career of the trailblazing Hollywood entrepreneur, utilizing personal video, archival footage and one-on-one interviews with Weintraub, his friends, family and co-workers, and some of today’s brightest...

HBO Documentary Films: GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD PART I and II

HBO Documentary Films: GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD PART I and II

Overview: GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD focuses the imaginative and inspired eye of one of cinema’s most preeminent filmmakers on one of the world’s most influential men. The film takes viewers on the musical and spiritual voyage that was George Harrison’s life, much of it told in his own words. The result is a deeply moving work. Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese traces Harrison’s life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and...

HBO Special JENNIFER LOPEZ: DANCE AGAIN on New Year’s Eve

HBO Special JENNIFER LOPEZ: DANCE AGAIN on New Year’s Eve

You read that correctly. HBO is slipping in an end-of-the-year special with JLo herself. I guess she didn’t want to feel challenged by Beyonce, who graced HBO’s airwaves earlier in the year, so Mz Lopez has got the cleanup position for 2014 with a filmed concert of her own. Here is the official Press Release regarding her HBO Special.  JENNIFER LOPEZ WANTS YOU TO DANCE AGAIN THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE WHEN HER HIGH-ENERGY SPECIAL JENNIFER LOPEZ: DANCE AGAIN DEBUTS DEC. 31, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO  Award-winning superstar Jennifer Lopez will make you want to get up and dance this New Year’s Eve when her high-energy HBO special JENNIFER LOPEZ:...

HBO Documentary Special: SAVING MY TOMORROW

HBO Documentary Special: SAVING MY TOMORROW

Overview: Straight from a HBO Press Release -   HBO AND THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PRESENT SAVING MY TOMORROW, STARTING WITH A TWO-PART FAMILY SPECIAL DEBUTING DEC. 15, FOLLOWED BY A SERIES BEGINNING ON EARTH DAY, APRIL 22, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO ——–  “Earth is our home. We only have one and if we mess this up… where do we go next? We don’t have another earth right next to us, just in case we lose this one,” says Hippocrates Polemis, an eight-year-old featured in SAVING MY TOMORROW. From the children who will inherit the planet comes a collection of songs, activism and heartfelt tips for protecting...

HBO Documentary Films: REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG

HBO Documentary Films: REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG

Overview: Passionate and gracefully outspoken, Susan Sontag was a prominent literary, political and feminist icon. As a critic, novelist, teacher, filmmaker, activist and iconoclast, her love of learning and examinations of cultural and political ideas made her both a compelling public figure and a significant 20th-century critic. A complex person, Sontag fiercely guarded her privacy, despite her boldness in the literary world. A layered look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, and illness, still resonate today, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG debuted MONDAY, DECEMBER 08 at 9:00pm.This documentary features a...

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Scientology; Cobain & More

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Scientology; Cobain & More

This writer was trying to hold out for a press release regarding the line-up of documentaries forthcoming through the winter before announcing any such news. We have yet to receive any such notice. However, some news as of late has dropped about some big documentary films ahead in 2015 that we were eager to share. We will address any further news on the documentary front, but for now here is what is shaping up.  HBO Announces A Comprehensive Scientology DocumentaryJohn Travolta, Tom Cruise, Kirstie Allen, Greta Van Susteren, Nancy Cartwright, Jenna Elfman, Juliette Lewis, Beck, Anne Archer, Catherine Bell, Danny Masterson, Bijou...

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST PATROL

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST PATROL

 Overview: A few years ago, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sebastian Junger (Academy Award nominated Restrepo) planned a walk from Washington, D.C. to New York City along Amtrak railroad lines with his close friend, acclaimed war reporter Tim Hetherington. After Hetherington was killed covering the Libyan civil war in 2011, (reported in the HBO documentary WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE? THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM HETHERINGTON, by Junger) Junger decided to take the same trip, joined instead by a Spanish photographer who was at Hetherington’s side when he died and two combat vets they’d known in Afghanistan. Chronicling their...

HBO Documentary Films: MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN

HBO Documentary Films: MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN

Overview:  James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, this documentary features rare and previously unseen footage, interviews and photographs, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more. Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger, the feature-length documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first...

HBO Documentary Films: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

HBO Documentary Films: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

Overview:  Presented during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, PRIVATE VIOLENCE emphasizes the stigma domestic violence still carries for its victims, telling the stories of two women: Deanna, a victim turned survivor, and Kit Gruelle, a survivor who advocates for justice on behalf of Deanna and other battered women. Highlighting the complex, frustrating realities of the abuse women suffer every day at the hands of intimate partners, as well as the difficulties of prosecuting domestic violence cases, the timely documentary offers a gripping story. It is a fact: the most dangerous place for women in America is their own home. One in four...

HBO Documentary Films: THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE

HBO Documentary Films: THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE

Overview: On Sunday, July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler left the campgrounds in upstate New York where she was vacationing with her family and set off towards home on Long Island, a drive she had made numerous times before.  With her were five young children:  her son, her daughter and three nieces.  Four hours later, she drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway for nearly two miles eventually crashing into an oncoming SUV, killing herself and seven others.  One of the worst motor-vehicle accidents in New York State history, the tragedy quickly became national news and her actions on that day, and in the past, were thrust under a...

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